the Wheat and the Chaff

Category: Art

The End


Source: Matt Baron, Cargo Collective

Time to say goodbye.

This blog has formed part of an important personal journey for me over the last couple of years. I’ve treated The Wheat and the Chaff as a repository for interesting stuff from culture to collect and share amongst a handful of friends – the only people I ever expected to read it other than myself. For years that has been pretty much been the case. This week changed that and made me personally aware for the first time just how quickly things can escalate and spread nowadays.

A post from last year, credited to, but reproduced without permission from another site and author, suddenly generated a shit load of buzz and attention. The buzz and attention was completely warranted – it’s a brilliantly written labour of love on an emotive subject that has struck a chord with many. The recipient of it was not. Interestingly, despite the article being posted nearly a year ago, its sudden second-life illustrates that ‘stock & flow‘ aren’t necessarily exclusive in the internet age.

The author was credited upfront and the site was linked at the end of the piece, but this completely failed to recognise the way that people consume information in the age of the internet. As a result, my blog was credited with the piece rather than the original site. I don’t know how it was discovered on my blog with zero visibility rather than on the original site which has a far bigger readership, but it wouldn’t have happened had I directed people to the original source upfront. For that I’m sorry.

My blog has always been a hobby. But for many others, the content they create on their sites is their livelihood, and it’s unfair when that is potentially impinged upon through the thoughtless behaviour of others.

The content on this blog could only be described as ‘eclectic’, from plenty of bolshy strategic thinking and ad land oddities, to Houston Rap, random tumblrs and British Suburban decay, and for that I’m proud. It’s always been about the stuff that I want to read, which has meant I’ve sometimes played fast and loose with copy and pasting. And I forgot along the way that I’m not just collecting a scrapbook for an audience of one.

So for me, this hobby has run its course.


(check out the rest of Matt Barron’s portfolio here)

(and go here, it’s great)


Tools of Study


Currently on view at Klein Sun Gallery in New York, artist Li Hongbo has an exhibition of new and old work titled Tools of Study. Hongbo is known for his unconventional figurative sculptures made from thousands of sheets of flexible paper that twist and elongate in almost any direction, many of which take several months to complete. Watching them shift and warp from seemingly solid states into long worms feels like dropping acid in the sculpture room of the Louvre.




You can see Li Hungbo’s work up close at Klein Sun until March.

350 kinds of zombies explained

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Artist Jason Thomson counts over 350 unique species of zombies spread out across the popular media of the last century, and he’s catalogued them all in one 24×36″ poster inspired by vintage medical illustrations. The Map of Zombies has already reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. It should be available for purchase from Thomson’s online shop soon.


(via Co. Create)



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‘Stainless’ is the work of self-taught photographer Adam Magyar. He combines sophisticated photographic equipment, other retro-fitted hardware, self-written software, and an artist’s eye to unique effect. In this work, speeding subway cars and their passengers (often seemingly lost in their own worlds) are captured in exceptionally high resolution. Part of the project involved filming New Yorkers standing on the platform at Grand Central station with a slow motion camera. It’s strangely gripping.


When great technology and great art combine wonderful things happen. This is a great example of that.

Check out this great profile of the man and more of his work on Medium.

(via Only Dead Fish)

The Wired World in 2014: speed summary


Digital Intelligence Today have produced a handy speed summary of Wired magazine’s latest need-to-know tech trends for 2014: The Wired World in 2014.

Beautiful booze bottles from Alec Doherty and Partizan Brewing


Bermondsy-based craft brewer Partizan have enlisted the help of illustrator Alec Doherty to give character to every one of their ales, from space-themed IPAs to Porters with chaotic punters running amok across their bottles.


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(via It’s Nice That)

London Deco

1Thibaud Herem, ‘the guy who draws those amazingly detailed buildings’, has a new book out just in time for Christmas. In London Deco, he turns his attention to art deco architecture across the capital, with predictably stunning results.

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Get your copy now from NoBrow.

(via It’s Nice That)

@DJs Complaining, illustrated


DJs often live like Sultans on this earth. As well as getting flown around the world for FREE, these cap-wearing tinnitus-bearers are constantly bombarded with booze, babes and luxury suites for their sins. The thing is, this hectic lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, as is illustrated by witty Twitter page DJs Complaining.

The Twitter account’s been going for a while now and has given its near 70,000 followers occasional re-Tweets of famous DJs doing what they do second best: moaning about their extravagant lives. The clever people behind the account have now teamed up with accomplished draughtsman Toby Leigh who has picked the best Tweets and created a truly wonderful illustration for each. Excited to see what the DJs have got to say about this.

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(via It’s Nice That)

German street art hidden in (almost) plain sight


Part of the wonder of street art is the fact that we often see it in the most unexpected places. German street art duo Zebrating takes a fresh perspective on this by creating street art in public spaces that can only be seen when viewed from a specific angle.

The artists create their artwork by painting directly onto railings and other surfaces that, from a certain angle, form the illusion of a single continuous surface. The paintings are almost invisible from the side and the back. Their work can be found primarily in Germany and Mannheim, out of which they are based, although they have worked in other cities around the world as well, including Paris.


(via Demliked)

Tumblr of the month: Signal Noise


A Tumblr dedicated to personal inspiration and downright badass 80s visuals. Curated by Signalnoise.

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Go here to soak up an endless stream of purple neon brilliance. Now.